Program Overview

The Master of Arts in Education with an emphasis on Curriculum and Instruction program at Andrews University is designed to give graduate level instruction to those that wish to create superior learning environments in a variety of settings. This ideal may be applied to areas such as corporations, schools, colleges, and universities, to name a few areas. This program is able to be taken entirely online, allowing some flexibility to working professionals, and can be done so in about a two year period by those taking courses at a part-time rate. Graduates of this program have gone on to become classroom teachers, department heads, college presidents, and academic vice presidents.

Students that enroll in this program are able to choose a thesis or non-thesis option to their degree, depending on their career or educational goals. A thesis option is appropriate for any student, but should be chosen by those that plan on pursuing a doctoral degree program in the future. Those selecting this option complete three to six hours of work towards their thesis and associated coursework.

In order to complete this degree program, those enrolled must earn a minimum of 32 hours of credit in a way that satisfies a few specific requirement areas. Of that total, 19 hours come from work in the program core, three from a foundational course, three to six from electives, and four to eight from research work, depending on if the student selected a thesis or not. Electives are up to the student, but should be chosen with the help of an academic advisor in order to select the courses most beneficial to the student's future.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

    Accelerated Degree:

    Accreditation & Licensing

    Distance Education Accrediting Commission,

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

    The School of Education is NCATE accredited


    Applicants must have a four-year degree from an accredited United States institution, or its equivalent from an institution outside the U.S.

    Minimum overall 2.6 GPA on all undergraduate work

    School Overview

    From the very start, back in 1874, Andrews University has placed serious scholarship, quality research and a strong focus on practical Christianity first on the list of things they think are important about attendance at a Christian university. Mr. Goodloe Bell, a teacher, started a tiny school with only 12 students in Battle Creek, Michigan. This was the birth of what is now known as Andrews University, later named after John Nevins Andrews (1829–1883), the biggest thinker in the 19th-century Seventh-day Adventist Church. Today, Andrews is the best-known Adventist educational institution in the world.

    Andrews boasts about 130 academic options to choose from, quality professors who care about your success, and lots of resources to keep students on track. They provide hands-on learning experiences, opportunities to learn inside and outside the classroom, and personal attention from faculty as a result of our small class-size and low student-faculty ratio.

    The School of Distance Education extends access to Adventist education beyond campus, community and national boundaries. We support our faculty and students around the world by promoting best practices in distance education and international partnerships, and by creating a virtual community designed to nurture learning. The School of Distance Education serves Andrews University by providing leadership, faculty and student support, and professional resources in the following areas: educational technology, distance education, compliance and off-campus programs.


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